Sunday, October 4, 2015
The bishops held a conference yesterday to assure all of us of the integrity of the Synod.
Don't worry folks: They have assembled a Committee to ensure it will not be manipulated!
Anyone with any experience with internal corruption knows what that means. They have stacked the Committee with people who will deliver the outcome and they want to give the appearance it's an innocent and honest pursuit of truth!
Same old tricks.
Hillary White says it better than I can:
In other words, the committee which is supposed to give us confidence that no manipulation is taking place includes the very men most implicated in the manipulation.
I remember my first encounter with the phenomenon of a stacked 'committee'. It's a little bit of a story, but it's worth explaining for those who have not experienced it.
My experience was back when they couldn't own up to the real of cause of the sex scandals, i.e., their 'respect' for the actions of their priests taking male lovers without getting into the nitty gritty of how old the recipients of priestly lust actually were.
Instead of owning up to the real problem of addictions, investigate their own priests to find out who was sleeping with whom and take corrective actions, they came up with the sleazy idea to bring in a Kinsey sex program that explains to children (starting in kindergarten) detailed pornographic stories of parents and trusted relatives performing rapes upon them -- and placed the bishops as people who were here to protect them from their pervert relatives.
They are always there to lend the family a helping hand!
There was not a single story of the priests putting hands down their pants or luring them into a sexual relationship and the good ole boy network that 'respects' it!
I can't get into details about how this 'fix' materialized, but suffice it to say Richard McBrien gathered a group of gay priests in the Archdiocese of Boston and held meetings with Adultery with Dignity, women priests groups who simulate sacraments, "Reverend" Debra Haffner, former CEO of SEICUS which promoted masturbating your newborn infants, encouraging children perform sexual acts upon each other as young as kindergarten - and the like. When the chaos started, they attempted to convince the bishops to use this program to 'protect the little children'.
A group of parents in Boston whose children were sexually demoralized by the same priests had been tailing them, going to the meetings as moles and documenting what was going down. These meetings took place long before the sexual debauchery hit the newspapers. (Several of the law firms that later became players attended some of these meetings.
They did not know the specifics of what was going down, but they knew these priests were working on a major project that would a) help them to come out of the closet, as Fr. Krysztof Charamsa did this week; and b) implement the catechetical agenda going down at the Synod (at the diocesan level).
Richard McBrien, of course, was living with his female lover. There was a small element of heterosexual priests who had lovers or wanted to take lovers also involved in the mutually beneficial 'fix'.
I had just started blogging as a mother who encountered poor catechesis at several parishes. The number of people who contacted me to give me information on what was happening in their parish and on the diocesan level was overwhelming. I would get big huge packages of paper trails delivered to my doorstep a few times a week.
I had no idea the situation was this bad. I spent a year or so trying to help people report and manage these situations, trying to keep up with the six foot waves of documentation, picking what to blog, how to make good use of my time, how to manage my own chores as a single mother.
When the Kinsey program was getting traction in the Chancery, I eventually reduced the materials to an inch thick of documentation, created binders and contacted them. Cardinal Law was the Archbishop when I first met with Chancery luminaries. I had several years of contacting him about shenanigans at the parish level. Through the years, without exception, whatever was happening would be stopped within a week. People removed.
I knew Cardinal Law as a man serious about his duties, a good shepherd. I showed him the materials and he knew what it was right away. But he was gone within a few weeks and I had to make an appointment with the next Bishop, Bishop Lennon.
I was a self-employed single mom, took a day off from earning money for my children, spent four hours in traffic getting to the Chancery. When I got there, I was told I was meeting with somebody from the Chancery staff. I met with him, went through the binder.
I was told they were...wait for it...putting together a committee and had the honor of being an appointee!
As I was trying to process what in blazes was going on, I was able to collect myself enough to say: "This doesn't need a committee. I need a half hour with the bishop to show him what is going down and then he needs to take corrective actions to prevent children from the trauma of being subjected to being told their trusted relatives are rapists and given pornographic stories about what we're going to do to them. The problem is you have priests having sex with lovers and you are not monitoring or taking actions when reported to you. These reports go all the way up to the Vatican and the only thing the whistleblower gets is slander and bullying. I don't see any stories about that in these materials."
I asked who else was on the 'committee'. When he told me, I said: 'You want me to leave my family, waste money and time for months coming to meetings, when we all the know the decisions have already been made, the committee is stacked and you want my name published on a consensus that implements this perverted and damaging program.' He had the decency to nod his head yes.
After all of the voices we raised in the public square about the scandalous synod, I am positively mystified as to why they would perform this magic trick.
Do they not know how they repeatedly demonstrate they are not acting in good faith?
Do they think we are stupid?
Do they think parents are going throw their children's salvation into the toilet and go along with their clap-happy friends with benefits policy, when the pope tries to sell it to us as a welcome to the Catholic Church program?